Why Is Google Fiber the Country's Only Super-Speed Internet? | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com: " . . . Google Fiber was supposed to be a shaming exercise. But any shame felt by the country’s big-name ISPs has yet to produce the sort of ultra-high-speed internet services we’ve all been hoping for. In 2010, Google announced that it would bring a 1,000 megabit (1 gigabit) per second fiber internet service to one lucky American city. That’s one gigabit per second streaming across the wire — or about 10 times the speed you’re used to and more than three times the speed you’d get from Verizon’s existing 300 megabit per second fiber optic service, FiOS. The search giant insisted it had no intention of becoming an internet service provider. It just wanted to encourage existing ISPs, including Verizon, to run higher speed lines across the country. But although Google Fiber has now arrived in Kansas City, Missouri, the big name ISPs aren’t exactly following suit. Verizon has stalled the expansion of FiOS indefinitely, and other companies have been slow to invest in ultrafast broadband. Time Warner Cable is rolling out fiber to office building in New York City, and Comcast’s Xfinity Platinum service offers a 305 megabit cable service in some locations for $299.95, but that’s the extent of it. . . . "
Susan Crawford: "Captive Audience" | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR: "The U.S. has long been a world leader in technology innovation. Finding ways to profit from the Internet has been no exception. Think Amazon, Facebook and Google. But the next Google will not come from the U.S. Or so argues the author of a new book on the communications industry. She says we've allowed a handful of cable companies to become monopolies that stifle competition and innovation. Their monopoly status is also why Americans pay more money for worse Internet service than consumers in most other developed nations. Diane speaks with a communications policy expert about who controls Americans’ access to the Internet and why. - Susan Crawford - professor, Cardozo Law School; fellow at the Roosevelt Institute; member of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation . . . "
Lenovo CEO: Forget 'post-PC'. We're in the 'PC plus' era | ZDNet: ""We don't live in a post-PC world," said Yang in the Reuters interview. "We are entering the PC plus era." Arguing his point, he said that the post-PC world is only for companies that do not innovate in the PC market. After all, Lenovo has been able to steal the crown from the powerhouses of the PC market -- notably HP and Dell -- while keeping solid growth, an increase quarter-on-quarter in PC shipments, and good, strong reliable machines. The PC market isn't dead, he argues, it's just that these companies aren't making PCs any better."
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